Alan Page's CR: 11-1976 to 4-1977 - Page 2

This album features year one of Conrail’s operations. 

Areas covered include the electrified former PRR Trenton Cutoff, Morrisville yard, and Northeast Corridor, the small ex-RDG Abrams yard and Philadelphia RDG Division commuter line, the ex-LV Allentown yard and Bethlehem engine terminal, and the former EL Scranton and Binghamton operations.   

Also included at the end of year one was Conrail’s unique handling of Philadelphia commuter operations during the 44-day Septa Transit Workers strike from March 25 to May 8, 1977.

CR 2788 King of Prussia, PA 2-19-1977

LV U23B 512 (CR 2788) and PC GP-30 2238 team up at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 2880 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Less than a year into the new Conrail, PC U30B 2880 rolls through Morrisville yard sandwiched between a sister U30B and a GP-40.

CR 2922 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

CR U33B 2922 in a line of ex-PC power at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 2943 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR U33B 2943 rests along with SD9 6913 in a line of units waiting for service or retirement at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 3628 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Crudely CR-stenciled ex-RDG GP35 3635 leads all RDG GP35 3628 and a PC U-boat with mixed freight on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 3635 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Crudely CR-stenciled ex-RDG GP35 3635 leads all RDG GP35 3628 and a PC U-boat with a mixed freight on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 3645 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

Still in RDG livery, CR GP-35 3645 and GP40 3041 wait for orders to pull out of Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Still in RDG livery, GP-35 3648 works at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

Crew change at Abrams for RDG GP-35 3648 on a cool February day in 1977.

CR 3648 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

RDG GP-35 3648 works with a PC-lettered sister-unit at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 3679-3685 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

EL GP35 2573-2579 (CR 3679-3685) leads two ex-PC GP's across the overpass at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 3679-3685 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

EL GP35 2573-2579 (CR 3679-3685) leads two ex-PC GP's across the overpass at Morrisville yard in March, 1977.

CR 3681 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977 (1)

EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585) and a PC U-boat through Bethlehem in April, 1977.

CR 3681 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977 (2)

EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585) and a PC U-boat with mixed freight across the grade crossing at Linden Street in Bethlehem, PA on April 9, 1977. 

On our first trip to Bethlehem we stumbled across this train led by a GP35 in all EL colors.  A team effort from my railfan buddy caught this shot at the grade crossing.

Photo by Andrew J. Erlichman.

CR 3681 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977 (4)

EL GP-35 2575 (CR 3681) leads sister-unit 3691 (ex-EL 2585), and a PC U-boat, through Bethlehem in April, 1977.

CR 3832 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

Still in PC lettering, GP9B 3832 looks tired and worn but still working at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 3839 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR GP-10 7570 and PC GP-9B 3839 lead mixed freight westbound on the NEC at Morrisville in April, 1977.

CR 4022 Philadelphia, PA 3-26-1977

Alongside some elder GG-1s, CR 4022 E-8A sits at the 30th Street Station engine service area in Philadelphia.

CR 4022 Philadelphia, PA 3-26-1977

During the 44-day Septa strike in 1977, Conrail units lined up alongside the Amtrak GG1's, E60's, and E-8s at 30th Street. On Day 2 of the strike, CR 4022 E-8A rests beside an elder CR GG1 at the 30th Street Station engine service area.

CR 4401 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

E-44's 4446 and 4401 have Alco S-2 9740 tagging along as they pause with their mixed freight at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4427 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

It's late in the day and time for a crew change for PC E-44 4427 at Morrisville yard in March, 1977. 

With PC lettering on the GE motor, and the double-door PRR boxcar behind, this scene could very well have been 1968 instead of almost a year into Conrail operations.

CR 4444 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

A pair of PC-lettered E-44's, led by 4444, roars through Morrisville with a load of boxcars in April, 1977.

CR 4446 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

E-44's 4446 and 4401 have Alco S-2 9740 tagging along as they rumble through Morrisville on the Northeast corridor in April, 1977.

CR 4446 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

E-44's 4446 and 4401 have Alco S-2 9740 tagging along as they pause with their mixed freight at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4448 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Still in PC colors, E44 4402 leads E44A 4448 and mixed freight eastbound at Willow Grove in March, 1977. 

Waiting to head westbound are PC GP30 2241, GP7 5814, and a line of hoppers.

CR 4448 Willow Grove, PA 3-19-1977

Still in PC colors, E-44 4402 leads E44A 4448 with eastbound mixed freight at Willow Grove on March 19, 1977.

Waiting to head westbound are PC GP30 2241, GP7 5814, and a line of hoppers.

CR 4456 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977 (1)

A pair of E-44's, led by CR blue 4456, pulls through Morrisville on the NEC in March, 1977.

CR 4456 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977 (2)

A pair of E-44's, led by CR blue 4456, pulls through Morrisville on the NEC in March, 1977.

CR 4825 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977 (2)

CR GG-1 4825 runs second behind 4889 in a quartet of G's on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4825 Morrisville, PA 3-5-1977

CR GG-1's 4825 and 4856 pull freight through Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4828 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

With the front end freshly repainted black, CR GG-1 4828 follows lead-unit 4849 through Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4836 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

The Morrisville shops are still busy as the April sun goes down in April, 1977.

CR GG-1 4836 rests in a service line showing a partial black repainting.

CR 4849 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

A pair of GG-1's led by 4849 pull a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4849 Morrisville, PA 4-24-1977

CR GG-1 4849 leads sister-unit 4828 with a mixed freight through Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (1)

CR GG-1 4858 pulls a string of nine 1929-1930 vintage Reading MU's through Morrisville on their way to 30th Street Station in April, 1977, during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4858 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977 (2)

Reading MU unit 896 is at the tail end of a string of 9 vintage 1929-1930 MU’s pulled by CR GG-1 4858 at Morrisville, PA in April, 1977.  

They are on their way to 30th Street Station during the 44-day March 25 to May 8 Septa City Division transit strike.

CR 4874 Morrisville, PA 4-7-1977

CR-operated NJDOT GG-1 4874 hauling passengers on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville, PA during the Septa strike in April, 1977.

CR 4887 Morrisville, PA 4-6-1977

With an ex-PC Alco in the distance, a pair of CR GG-1's pause at Morrisville yard in April, 1977.

CR 4889 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

CR GG-1 4889 leads 4825, 4853, and 4894 on a fast freight on the NE Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4894 Morrisville, PA 3-26-1977

CR 4894 is the last in a quartet of GG1’s pulling away on the Northeast Corridor at Morrisville in March, 1977.

CR 4970-4979 Willow Grove, PA 11-20-1976

An unidentified E40 behind two GG-1's on the Trenton cutoff at Willow Grove, PA in November, 1976.  

Sadly, the G's were taking the E40 to join other reclassed EP-5's at Harrisburg's deadline.

CR 5487 Bethlehem, PA 4-9-1977

LV RS-3 211 rests between assignments at Bethlehem engine terminal in April, 1977.

Later in June, the RS-3 will be renumbered CR 5487.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 (CR 5806) is sandwiched between two sister GP-7's as they work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5806 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG 622 (CR 5806) pauses under the signal bridge along with two sister GP-7's at Abrams in February, 1977.

CR 5813 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013 as they work Abrams yard in February, 1977. A Burro MOW crane rests in the background.

CR 5813 King of Prussia, PA 2-21-1977

CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013 (CR 18830) as they work Abrams yard.

Cabooses were often coupled to the yard engines in early 1977.  Just behind the GP7 rests former RDG N4 cabin 92914 with a fresh CR stencil as 18730.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP-7 625 (CR 5817), GP-10 7567, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), and sister GP-7 636 (CR 5838) pass by the Abrams yard office as they work track 1 in February, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

RDG GP7 625 (CR 5817), GP10 7567, SW1500 2766 (CR 9616), and GP7 636 (CR 5838) work together at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

CR 5817 King of Prussia, PA 2-12-1977

Many railfans were on hand at Abrams while RDG GP7 625, GP10 7567, RDG SW1500 2766, and RDG GP7 636 worked the yard on February 12, 1977.

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